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Iain R Spink with his Arbroath Smokies © James Fraser Photography
Arbroath Smokies

See expert Iain R. Spink prepare Arbroath Smokies on beautiful Auchmithie beach, where the delicacy originated many years ago

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  • Arbroath Smokies
    Arbroath Smokies
  • A stall at Blairgowrie community farmers' market
    Blairgowrie farmers' market
  • Cheeses at St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
    St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
  • A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
    A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
  • Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb
    Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb

Although the country's national dish, haggis, is one of the best known traditional Scottish foods, there are many more sumptuous offerings and local flavours to enjoy.

From the sea

Scotland is well-known for its wonderful fish and seafood and there are many places where you can watch the day's catch being brought in from the boats. Be sure to try some of the country's favourite fish dishes including Cullen Skink, Finnan Haddie and, of course, traditional fish and chips.

One of the country's most distinctive fish dishes is Arbroath Smokies. They are created by smoke-curing haddock over hot oak chips which gives the fish a strong flavour and rich, golden colour. Arbroath in Angus is the only place that the delicacy is produced, and only haddock smoked within five miles of the town can be called a genuine Smokie.

From the land

Not only that, but Scotland is also known for the quality of its beef, lamb and pork. The rich flavour of the Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle, or the unique taste of North Ronaldsay lamb, which feed almost entirely on seaweed, are just two of the examples of Scotland's world-famous produce. Don't miss out on seasonal game too, including wild venison and pheasant.

Sweet treats

Enjoy traditional sweet treats from around the country such as one of Scotland's oldest and most famed recipes - the Selkirk Bannock. The fruit cake is said to have first been made by Robbie Douglas who opened his shop in the Scottish Borders in 1859. Queen Victoria is famously said to have refused all else with her tea apart from a slice of bannock when she visited Sir Walter Scott’s granddaughter in Abbotsford.

If you have a really sweet tooth, you will love Scotland’s array of sugary treats. Sample tasty Scottish tablet, similar to fudge but with a harder, grainy texture, or the Borders’ Moffat Toffee which are in fact hard boiled sweets with a lemon-flavoured centre.

There are also plenty unique cheeses and dairy produce to taste, from Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire & Arran, to Orkney and beyond.

Scotch whisky is reputed the world over and you can find it used in recipes throughout the country. A particularly indulgent example is the dessert, Cranachan, which is often enjoyed at Scottish banquets, It is made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, fresh raspberries and topped with toasted oats - a real guilty pleasure.

Buy local

Sample delicious local produce at restaurants and eateries across the country, or pick up your own ingredients to recreate these dishes yourself at Scotland's many farmers' markets and specialist food shops.

Browse the listings to discover more local produce and producers across Scotland.

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  1. Loch Lomond Shores Farmers Market


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    The Loch Lomond Shores Farmers' Market is one of Scotland’s longest running markets, and is held throughout the year on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

  2. Border Berries


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    Fruit doesn't come fresher than if you pick it yourself. Come and pick your own fruit, it's a great, inexpensive and fun family day out and you'll save money!

  3. MacQueen Butchers





    Macqueen the butchers is a traditional family butcher in the historic royal burgh of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Founded in 1976 by Hazel and Alistair Macqueen the family business has been managed by their sons since 2005.

  4. The Island Smokery


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    Welcome to The Island Smokery, producer of Award winning Orkney Smoked Cheddar Cheese

  5. Macleans Bakery


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    A wide range of delicious breads, confectionery and crisp handmade oat cakes made to traditional recipes. This small independent bakery prides itself on the quality of its products.

  6. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best


    Visit our friendly shop where you can enjoy excellent home made country fare and purchase Scottish speciality produce and crafts.

  7. Gradings


    The M'eating Place is a welcoming café in the historic Falkirk Trinity Church

  8. Gradings


    A fantastic community run creamery providing amazing opportunities for people with special needs to live and work.

  9. Gillies Fine Foods of Dingwall


    Producers & Specialist Shops


    Dingwall Area

    Highland based company speciailising in preserves.

  10. Donaldsons of Orkney


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    For three generations and over 50 years, Donaldsons have been pushing the boundaries of innovation in the meat trade with many exciting new products, without losing sight of the traditional flavours and recipes that founded the business.


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